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The Glamour Of The KL Fashion Week

Reduce Hair Loss Instantly with 50 Megumi - Japan’s Leading Anti Hair Loss Series Glow In The Sun With This Ultra Protection Sunscreen Detox All Your Bad Vibes Away and Start Anew with Vdox!

Is It Even Worth Risking Your Life For A Selfie?

Explore the best of Turkey with Darren Teoh Travelling Taboos Around Asia Countries

Malay Singer-Songwriter Pens Mandarin Chinese song Get Up Close with Established Portrait Photographer, Annatasha

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How to Ensure You Party Safe and Have Fun While At It.

Brands That Are Proud, and Locally Made and Founded By!

Indulge in Magical Potions and Food at Poison Apple La Risata Restaurant Remains A Favourite Italian Dining Spot For Two Decades and Counting.

DRIVE4PAUL Malaysia Will Include Special Guest – Cody Walker, the Late Paul Walker’s Brother

HEALTH Small But Impactful Healthy Changes You Can Make

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WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE TEAM Greetings and welcome back to another edition of 2Cents’ galore of informative and fun articles headed your way. Now before you swipe to the next page, our theme for this bi-monthly magazine is focused on travelling. Read on for some of the best places you can head to for travelling with the most gorgeous views, affordable budgets and also what activities can be done there too. Plus check out on the recent news about the art of selfie that ’s worth raising awareness about, selfie-related deaths. Get informed on these issues and what you can do to ensure a safe picture taking with your loved ones. As Malaysians, it ’s always important to support your local products. If it ’s not us then who else? Get a hold of some of the mind blowing products that are locally made and founded. Some of the brands you think is from overseas is actually from Malaysia itself. #nospoilers. Be mesmerized by the beauty and glow you’ll be receiving from our beauty review of the brilliant Sunplay Clear Water and also avoiding hair loss through the exclusive 50 Megumi hair product. Before that, feast your eyes on the food we deliciously indulge at La Risata and the magical fairytale restaurant, Poison Apple. You won’t believe how much we adored this both places and would suggest all of our readers to head up there when you can. It ’s a once in a lifetime experience. For more details and happenings, always feel free to check out our website at www.2cents.my and you can also submit some of your amazing write ups to be featured :) Happy reading y ’all. Cheers, Natasha Christopher

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It’s the Season to

ravel! Feed your wanderlust side Seeking for a travelling spot without breaking the banks? Looking for a place to just unwind? Seeking for an adventure? We have it all covered.

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Type of destination: Budget | Culture | View | Activities | Food

BUDGET

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Money is certainly a crucial factor when it comes to travelling anywhere. Besides you need to make sure you’re within a certain budget so you don’t unfortunately run out of money while you on your destination.

When it comes to culture, if you’re a person who loves indulging yourself in the arts, customs or history of a certain place or people, there are tons of area you can explore too.

Of course, what’s a vacation without gorgeous view to accompany your eyes. One of the reasons people head to a lovely destination.

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Everyone needs to eat! By indulging local cuisines there, you have a respect and love for a whole new type of dish.

Always up for an adventure or a thrill-seeking activity to rejuvenate your holiday?

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We can’t just go by and not mention on the truly gorgeous place that our own home country has to offer.

Experience marvellous sunrise when you hike up to Panorama Hill in the historical place of Sungai Lembing.

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Explore the aquatic species and stunning coral reefs when you’re in Tioman.

Fill your tummy up with breakfast from the famous Roti Canai Transfer Road.

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SARAWAK It’s no doubt that the Land of Hornbills presents some of the most jaw dropping cultures and massive island for a once in a lifetime experience!

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Smiling faces, out of this world island resorts, and home to some of the best food and stunning cultural experience, Indonesia sure is your next destination. MOUNT TANGKUBAN PERAHU

Immerse yourself in the must see story of the Ramayana Ballet.

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One of the stunning historical and religious sites in Prambanan Temple.

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Phantasialand is a theme park that offers fun and adventure of its own kind.

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Food crawl in Binondo, world’s oldest Chinatown. The famous Kawasan Falls

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A pedestrian shopping street lined with fashion boutiques, cafes and restaurants in Harajuku in Tokyo, Japan. Always packed with locals and tourists! Type: culture, food, activities

TEAMLAB BORDERLESS TOKYO It’s the world’s first digital art museum!

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A place that’s famous for its various activities for family and cheap seafood! Type: View, culture, budget

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The chants and patriotism of Aussie!Aussie!Aussie! Oi!oi!oi! can be felt to whoever that has travelled to the picturesque place of Australia. Land is known for its diverse and popular places and of course, kangaroos!

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A famous beach in Sydney that pulls in close to an average of 2.9 million every year.


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THE GLAMOUR OF THE KL FASHION WEEK The annual Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (KLFW) certainly brought out all the colours, intriguing designs, stunning models with their catwalk poses and the glitz and glamour in Pavillion’s centre court. It was held with five highly anticipated days of fashion exhilaration in August 2019. The founder of KLFW, Mr Andrew Tan said that “The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week is a platform that does more than just showing the latest collections from many of our Malaysian designers. It is an incubation and networking hub for our bravest and brightest creative minds to facilitate and further their businesses. Whether selling to consumers or pitching to potential buyers, it is without a doubt that KLFW is also a trade accelerating event. It is an event with many roles and responsibilities.

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Reduce Hair Loss Instantly with 50 Megumi - Japan’s Leading Anti Hair Loss Series Have you ever had that feeling your hair is slowly losing away and with every stroke, your hair tends to drop a lot? It makes all of us insecure and drops our self-esteem because hair is our crowning glory. Same goes to a bad hair day, it’ll make or break our day. However, recently we’ve found this amazing hair rescue for all your hair needs. 50 Megumi, Japan’s leading anti hair loss series has proven to be the greater help for anyone experiencing hair loss, oily scalp, and to strengthen your hair scalp. With its powerful ingredients that combines 50 precious ingredients are known to advocate to getting healthier and thicker hair. Some of the ingredients in 50 Megumi consists of ginseng, cordyceps sinesis, ganoderma lucidum, poria and seaweed. Plus, worth knowing that it has sold over 10 million bottles in Japan alone. Let’s reveal why 50 Megumi would be beneficial to your life.

Design -

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The bottle has an easy holding to it and is compact enough to bring it anywhere you want it to be. To learn more on the rest of the ingredients in, you have it written all over the cover of the bottle itself too.

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This new hair anti-ageing routine texture is super light and fresh. You definitely won’t feel any stickiness from your palm to your scalp. Plus, the smell that follows once you apply it is also pleasant on the nose. Makes it’s easy as you don’t need to rinse off after use. Just take it as hair cologne but with extra benefits for you!

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Applying the 50 Megumi on your head is a rather simple and on-the-go experience. Step 1: Apply 6 to 7 drops on your hairline area or where the issue of the hair is at. Step 2: Massage your hair scalp gently. Make sure you cover the top of your head and also the side of your head for maximum usability of the product. Step 3: The final step is to just leave on the product. You can go about your day without having to worry about anything.

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5.0 There are FOUR key functions when it comes to 50 Megumi’s benefits: . Stimulates hair follicle: Responsible for regrowth of hair and strengthen hair roots . Scalp control: Increases your hair density and promotes a better scalp blood circulation . Reduced hair loss: promoting a healthier and thicker hair . Formulates with top key ingredients: deeply moisturize and nourishes the scalp

With its ingredients are per mentioned above, it has the extract to ever prolong your hair life cycle and enhance deep penetration into the scalp to help further improve your hair conditions. It even reduces hair loss by 32%, leaving your hair more volumized.

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The 50 Megumi Anti-Hair Loss Treatment Essence is priced at RM150 and is available at your nearest Guardian, Caring, Aeon Wellness, Shopee, and Hermo.

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Verdict There’s just so much of goodness we can say about 50 Megumi and it’s definitely one of the best products you can have with you to combat hair loss and in turn, getting that shine or glow from your hair! It’s a win-win situation for all. For more information, please visit www.50megumi.com

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Glow In the Sun With This Ultra Protection Sunscreen! Sunplay Clear Water SPF 50++ is here to rescue from the scorching hot sun! Being outdoors is something most of us love to do, may it be with your family or friends. However, most of the time it prevents us from heading out as the fear of being sunburnt daunts on us. Now with the Sunplay Clear Water SPF50++, you don’t need to worry about all those fears you’ve been having. Rest assured this popular Japan’s most sort after sunscreen product provides an effective solutions which are born from Mentholatum’s 129-year expertise in skin care and optimized through Japanese technology, giving you ultimate sun protection that is safe, toxic-free and lightweight.

Design -

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This quick to go 30gram bottle that can fit almost anywhere you store comes with a rather mixture of purple and blue design to it that looks easy on the eyes. It has a blue cap that secures well so nothing leaks out.

Touch & Smell -

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Sunplay Clear Water sunscreen is a mix of chemical and mineral filters where the alcohol content in the sunscreen is fragrance-free and is suitable to use for all skin. Comes in ultra-light milk texture that goes on easily and absorbs quickly for an invisible, weightless feel on skin.

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Best applied to shake well before use. Apply a good amount of the sunscreen evenly on face and body before you expose yourself to the sun. Reapplying could achieve a better result for the user especially after an outdoor activity. Can be worked with BB cream too and blends well. To be used once or twice a day and can be a base under your coloured products too. To remove the sunscreen, simply grab a facial cleanser or body wash.

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There’s amazing benefits when you use Sunplay Clear Water SPF 50 PA++++ here that we can’t wait to share with you.

Blue-tinted sunscreen It contains 3 main vitamins which are Vitamin C, E and Provitamin B5 to protect skin against dryness, roughness, darkening and also prevents premature ageing. Plus the hyaluronic acid would keep your skin hydrated all the time under the UV sun. For a longer period of time too, may I add. From this ingredients, you can just be yourself under the sun as it offers sweat and water resistance!

Ingredients Light and fluid, the essence deeply penetrates into every layer of skin thus providing a lasting hydrating effect. Use twice a day before applying the moisturizing cream.

Value -

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For all the benefits you saw plus with its easy application that can be used as makeup base too, the value is simply just what everyone can afford. It’s all for RM 31.90 on every Guardian stores near you.

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Verdict Sunplay Clear Water SPF50 PA++++ is waterproof, sebum and sweat-resistant while it protects against the sun’s harmful rays. We’d say this is a purchase well done to make it our permanent sunscreen. Love Sunplay sunscreens! For more information or to purchase, please visit guardian.com.my or www.mentholatum.com.my

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Is It Even Worth Risking Your Life For A

Selfie?

Written by: Natasha Christopher

A picture worth a thousand words may not apply all the time!

‘Selfie’ has become a common word for everyone to use so much so that in the year 2013, it was chosen as the “Word of the Year” by the Oxford English Dictionary. For those who are blind to this word or perhaps living another in a previous century, a selfie is an act of taking a photograph of yourself, with a camera held at arm’s length. This action alone has become so widely popular due to the famous social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and many more where their selfies are being shared out. I mean, is it even a selfie if you don’t upload it to your social media accounts?

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But then, how did the word/act of selfie came about? The first selfie (referred to as a self-portrait at the time) has been credited to Robert Cornelius in the year 1839. He was one of the American pioneers of photography produced a daguerreotype of himself. Of course, back then there’s no such thing as a smartphone so what Cornelius would do is uncover the lens, run into the shot, hold his pose for about 2-3 seconds and replace the lens caps again. There’s even a Hollywood cameraman named Lester Wisbrod claims he is the first person to take celebrity selfies and has been doing so since 1981. However, the originality of the term was prominent until a group of Australians, where a man took a bruised photo of him after a drunken night out and proceed to call the picture a selfie. Thus, begins a worldwide trend of taking selfies. Those who love to drink alcohol or occasionally get drunk, you know that’s where some of the best or worst stories happened. For them, it only took a drunken night and a word to start the selfie era.

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Selfie Enthusiast or just a Narcissist? All of us have taken a selfie at least once in our lives with the latest technology advancement. From famous poses that have created from a selfie was a duck face - pouting face with a less serious face, kissy face, “found light selfies”, brow game and many more. If you’re taking a selfie with a group of friends, it’s now called a welfie. But that’s another story for now. Selfie, over the years, have made it easy for one to capture a picture of themselves but it caused a potentially unhealthy sign of mental health issues. Universiti Malaya consultant psychiatrist Assoc Prof Dr Rusdi Abd Rashid said the trend of taking selfies had yet to be classified as a chronic mental illness but it had reached a worrying level. (source: The Star Online, 26 June 2018). There’s even a correlation of narcissism and psychopathy that exist behind a selfie. The side effects of a selfie has become so bad that a study on a published paper that delves into “An Exploratory Study of ‘Selfitis’ and the Development of the Selfitis Behavious Scale’ created a Selfitis Behavior Scale (SBS). The SBS states that those who take at least six selfies and upload it on their social media accounts daily are classified under chronic selfitis (obsessive selfie-taking). The study that was conducted by one of the researchers, Janarthanan Balakrishnan tells the New York Post, “typically, those with the condition suffer from a lack of self-confidence and are seeking to ‘fit in’ with those around them and may display symptoms similar to other potentially addictive behaviors,”. Admittedly, we are sometimes guilty of taking a picture no matter how dangerous it is because we just want to be included and accepted by our followers that we’re a cool and happening type of person. Some of us even tend to measure our popularity by the number of likes our photos get or get more followers. However, it can tarnish one’s self worth and esteem.

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How dangerous is a selfie? From a harmless picture trend that turns out to be deadly. Now, putting aside the mental health issue behind a selfie, there are some people or famous figure worldwide who have risked their lives for a selfie and only resulted in deaths. According to the researchers at the US National Library of Medicine, it was estimated that 259 people died while taking a dangerous selfie between 2011 and 2017. A dangerous selfie can be taken from atop a skyscraper building, beside a dangerous animal or something that could potentially harm you. Famous Taiwanese mountaineer who is widely known by her fans as the ‘Bikini Hiker’ or her name as Gigi Wu, died from suspected hypothermia, after a fall in Nantou County. It took about 43 hours for the search and rescue team to reach Wu. By the time they found her, she had died. Although the irony in this is that she didn’t passed on while taking a dangerous selfie but she was known to take selfies peak of a mountain nothing but biking on. This string along with many other selfies related death. India is one of the world capitals for selfie-related deaths. The selfie culture in India has taken the trend a little too far for some of them. Since March 2014, a total of 139 Indians have died taking selfies. There were reports of three men crushed to death by a speeding train as they were intending on taking selfies on the tracks in the Indian state of Karnataka. It even took the lives of an 18 year old student on a class picnic, where the India native lost his balance while taking a selfie atop a rock by a dam near the central Indian city of Nashik.

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Authorities even took extra steps in identifying and declared 16 dangerous spots in Mumbai as “no-selfie zones”. One of its popular tourist spots like Marine Drive and Girgaum Chowpatty Beach. An Australian Broadcasting Corporation article suggests that India’s higher death rates are likely due to its strong visual culture impact. Younger men are found to be more likely to take bigger risks than women do.

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Sri Lanka is also known to be a dangerous spot for a selfie especially when it’s a country known for luscious mother nature and lunging death mountains. Just last year alone, a German woman fell to her death while attempting to take a selfie at the Horton Plains National Park. She was trying to capture her own picture on a 1,000-metre cliff called World’s End. By far one of the most selfie deaths happens in Sri Lanka is from their rail routes. It has gotten so bad that even a selfie ban on the rail tracks was passed last year but has yet to be implemented. Famous Bull Run place in Spain, Pamplona witness an American man’s life cheated death when he stopped to take a selfie with a raging bull and ended up being gored in the neck by the bull. Doctors said it was “beyond miraculous” that the horn didn’t hit his jugular vein or major arteries. It all happened when he was taking a video clip and a stay bull ran at him. The animals in Pamplona usually weigh up to 600 kg. It became so bad that officials had to step in and acted on a new law that has been passed where people can be fined over EURO 4,000(RM18,300) if get caught taking selfies with the bull. Besides a huge bull potentially killing your life, a woman was even attacked by a jaguar at a zoo in Phoenix, Arizona when she allegedly stepped over a safety barrier to take selfies with the wild animal. Another one was when a Malaysian student fell to his death in Taipei while taking selfies dressed as Spiderman. Police believed he was posing for a photo while either standing on or hanging off the ledge of the rooftop which would have made him lose his footing, grip and fallen.

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There’s another term for a person to be climbing high places and taking a selfie as end results. “Rooftopping” is a relatively new trend. These photos or videos taken by rooftoppers can gain hundreds or thousands of social media followers in just a matter of months. However, with the “cool” looking pictures taken from hundreds of feet above ground, things could take a wrong turn too. Someone as young as 17 years old falling to their deaths. Rooftoppers in Malaysia can be charged under Section 336 of the Penal Code, for endangering the lives of others. The charge carries a maximum penalty of three months in jail, and RM500 fine or both. Countries like the United States, Australia and Canada also have laws against rooftopping. About a total of fewer than 10 deaths been reported in Malaysia from a selfie-related death. Although this number is not as significantly high as India, it's always good to ensure you have great memories while taking a selfie without risking your life.

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HERE ARE SOME OF THE ULTIMATE SPOTS FOR A SELFIE ZONES THAT COULD GO WRONG!

The Grand Canyon, USA

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This famous spot in Arizona is home to layered bands of red rock with an educational geological history behind it. However, with 6.4 million visitors annually, around 12 people reported to die every year here.Even with “own risks” signs, protective barriers and park rangers constant warning, many visitors still ignores the rule in their quest for a single selfie/photo. There has always been an element of mystery surrounding the park and it’s awe-inspiring landscape to go the distance to risk one’s lives.

Mount Hua, China Locals calls these places as the “most precipitous mountain under heaven” and is considered to be one of the five sacred mountains in China. Besides Mount Hua is one of the most dangerous places to hike, but it has also claim a few innocent souls in a selfie-related deaths. One of the attractions or rather the selfie spot to take is their narrow and steep plank walk on the side of a 7,087-foot-highcliff. Although no official statistics have been revealed on the number of deaths here, but locals suspects that it may be as much as 100 fatal falls a year.

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Cabo da Raca, Portugal Cabo da Roca is the westernmost point of mainland Portugal and part of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, 42 kilometres from Lisbon. It features some of the most beautiful high, rocky cliffs and picturesque ocean views. This place is deemed dangerous for selfies because there are some visitors who would go above and beyond the rudimentary wooden barrier. One case happened to a Polish couple that fell to their deaths by taking a selfie of the scenery.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia One of Croatia’s most visited attractions, presents some of the most gruesome selfie related deaths at this popular viewpoint. Authorities are planning to impose a ban on flip-flops and sandals in order to avoid future accidents in this wet national park area. The park higher authorities has even took to Twitter to plead with visitors this; “Dear tourists, we respect you. It's time for you to start respecting yourself. So, stop making stupid and dangerous selfies. Thank you', said the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service. However, one person miraculously survived a 75-metre plunger after tree branches broke his fall.

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There’s been tons of reporting on selfie-related deaths everywhere. It’s always best to ensure you take a picture safely and always remember, your life is much more precious than a selfie!

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One of the things you’ll notice is it’s glossy mirror like look on the back of the phone. The high-polish metal and glass melg seamlessly in an all impressively slim design. The Samsung Galaxy Note10 has a 6.3” display while the Galaxy Note10+ has a slightly bigger display with 6.8”. This genius phone has a luxurious look to it and of course, don’t forget about the S-Pen stylus too!

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If you’re too lazy to type a certain out and want to revert to the old ways, instantly turn your handwriting. You can even take notes and draw on the screen whenever inspiration strikes without opening any app. Best part about this S-Pen? You can control your device through clicks and gestures from the pen alone. For example, you can include yourself in the picture too by clicking on the back of the pen. So you can skip timer on the camera to take a picture. The air actions let you zoom in or out with the camera, change the volume, or flip through photos and more with a simple wave or click.

Many people were raving for the all new Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ and its amazing features. With a movietech camera, taking photos like a pro without much effort and an intelligent pen device, it’s no wonder this is the next future ahead.

The Samsung Galaxy Note10+ series comes with a 7nm processor and 12GB RAM combine to harness incredible speeds. With 2.0Gbps LTE, easily download files, live game and stream content, in even the busiest of places. Plus, now you even have the stunning feature of Bokeh on a video form

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too. Just adjust the blur and add bokeh and special effects to make your videos look just as amazing as your photos. The super steady advanced tech takes away shake in your footage for super smooth video and edit your videos thanks to the precision of S Pen too! Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ have all the camera essentials, from the dual aperture lens to the Ultra Wide Camera, Live focus, and even Scene Optimizer. 5 cameras available only on Galaxy Note10+ (1 front and 4 rear). Galaxy Note10 has 4 cameras (1 front and 3 rear). The front camera even turns selfies into self-portraits!

Performance

The pro-grade camera that turns everyday photos and videos into epic moments where it gives you the power to go from shoot to edit instantly. Plus, you can even zoom-in mic and record the sounds that you want even from a distance. Besides that, shoot incredible color and detail in 4K UHD with HDR10+ and Dynamic Tone Mapping.

Conclusion

Overall, this Samsung Note 10+ certainly does deliver when it comes to style, quality and long lasting features that will benefit everyone.

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SPECIFICATIONS: THUMBS UP CPU TYPE: OCTA-CORE COLOUR DEPTH (MAIN DISPLAY): 16M WEIGHT (G): 168 RAM SIZE (GB): 8 REAR CAMERA - RESOLUTION (MULTIPLE): 12.0 MP+16.0 MP + 12.0 MP

With all the features it has, next everyone would wonder is the battery lifespan. Well, you don’t have to worry about this as this cutting-edge battery intelligence ensures Galaxy Note10+’s 4300mAH outlasts your day. Just a simple 30 minute charge give you an all day power! Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Samsung Galaxy Note10+ is not just confined to a typical mobile storage, but rather a laptop storage but without the laptop. With 512GB storage which you can eventually expand by up to an additional 1TB. There’s a hybrid SIM that keeps you connected and expands your storage even more. Insert a microSD card for more storage, or swap it out to a second SIM card for dual SIM capability - making you twice as connected with one device.

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One of the main key highlights on this stunning mechanical gaming keyboard is the coloured keypads that looks like a rainbow once you use it. Plus, you can see from the design, on how ultra thin it is. G813 is a feat of engineering and design with an incredibly refined, impossibly thin build with no compromises on performance or feature set. Durable, comfortable and ready for intense gaming sessions, G813 is truly the next generation of gaming mechanical keyboards.

LOGITECH G813 KEYBOARD

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When it comes to it’s typing comfortably, you have the option to switch to three types namely; GL Clicky - audible click and tactile feedback, GL Tactile - a gentle bump for some tactile feedback, GL Linear - a completely smooth keystroke. You get speed, accuracy, and performance at half the height of traditional switches. Low-profile GL mechanical switches are rigorously tested to meet strict endurance, responsiveness and accuracy requirements.

When it comes to gaming, we need all the tools to make sure the whole ride is a smooth one with no interruption. Well with the sleek and improved Logitech’s G813 Keyboard, this will naturally be a breeze for you.

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The instant lighting control really can light up your life! Create your own animations or choose from a selection of preset effects. With LIGHTSYNC technology, lighting is driven by games, audio, or your screen to deliver the most immersive RGB experience ever. Unify a theme, enhance your gameplay, and extend your gaming setup through your keyboard. Or you can choose your favorite color, create a pattern, or design your own lighting animations with the robust LIGHTSYNC editing tool.

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Connect and power more devices with convenience and speed. An additional dedicated USB cable connects the USB passthrough port on the back of the keyboard for full-power throughput and data speed. Plug in and charge your device or plug in a mouse to charge your adversaries without missing a beat. Onboard media controls are right at your fingertips. Dedicated controls quickly adjust volume, play/pause and skip music or videos, and mute audio instantly.

Performance

An unprecedented thin design and new low-profile GL mechanical switches deliver a new levels of ergonomically designed comfort, performance and sophistication.

Conclusion

For all the gaming enthusiasts, this is the perfect keyboard from you. Engineered for high-performance gameplay, time to experience the G813 and play the next dimension.

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THUMBS UP SPECIFICATIONS: WEIGHT: 1045 G WARRANTY: 2 YEAR LOW PROFILE GL SWITCHES; ACTUATION FORCE: 45 G

When it comes to the advanced mechanical gaming switches, it offer different options to suit your play style. Delivering performance, quality, and reliability, Logitech G keyboards are the choice of some of the world’s top Esports athletes. The tactile switch delivers subtle feedback through the actuation moment for precise and instant feedback- ideal for competitive and FPS gaming.

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The 5052 aluminum alloy top case joins a steel-reinforced base, achieving a light, ultra-thin design yet strong, durable keyboard. Every detail is carefully crafted and optimized for the best experience. The aluminumcrafted volume wheel is precisely tensioned for premium feel and control. Soft-touch profile and media control buttons delivers tactile feedback for easy and intuitive control.

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HONOR Band 5 SpO2 Monitor Price: RM 139 Website: hihonor.com.my The Pulse Oxygen Saturation(SpO2) monitoring and remote music control feature is for those who are looking for an all-in-one fitness tracker, heart rate monitor, and sleep tracker. Users can access it through the Huawei Health app and click “check for updates”. This will prompt the band to update automatically. The HONOR Band 5’s new SpO2 monitor joins its existing suite of features, including a 0.95” AMOLED Full Colour touchscreen, multiple sports and fitness modes and up to 14 days of normal usage from a single battery charge.

Alienware Aurora R9 Price: RM 14,789 Website: dell.com The new Alienware Aurora introduces a new chassis design for this mid-tower classic, with Legend industrial design bringing an even more compact form factor as it has with Alienware’s thin-and-light laptops. A proven powerhouse with Intel’s latest 9th Gen Core Processors and NVIDIA® GeForce® graphic cards, the improved airflow lets gamers game to their best, while a tool-less upgrade option offers product longevity and scalable performance.

HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Price: RM 799 Website: shop.huawei.com HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 46mm and 42mm series, powered by the firm’s proprietary Kirin A1 chip. Delivering an upgraded user experience and unrivalled battery life due to the chip’s ultra-low power consumption capability. The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 is also Huawei’s first smartwatch with an all-in-one 3D glass screen, creating a wider, boundless display. Moreover, the new smartwatch delivers more sports modes with richer programs, as well as adding Bluetooth calling and music playback functionalities.

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Plantronics BackBeat PRO 5100 Price: RM 899 Website: plantronics.com Plantronics true wireless earbuds are extremely lightweight, and each pair comes with a compact carrying case for additional battery life on-the-go. The “My Tap” feature, which is available through the BackBeat app, offers command customization on all true wireless products. Users can begin their favorite playlist, HONOR set a timer andVIEW20 interval train with a single tap. The BackBeat PRO 5100 features powerful stereo sound and premium call clarity in a sleek and discreet design Price: Starts from RM1,999 and is engineered for communications and entertainment.

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HONOR View20’s rear camera is the first to be powered by the SONY IMX586 48MP sensor, with a 1/2-inch large CMOS, and equivalent 1.6μm pixels in Quad Bayer array. The sensor, boosted by the Kirin 980 chipset, supports new 48MP AI Ultra Clarity mode to produce photos with unmatched detail and clarity. The Kirin 980’s dual-NPU processes the photo using an advanced AI algorithm – the quality of the photo is assessed, details in dark areas are optimized, and colors are adjusted to appear more vivid.

Lenovo ThinkPad Laptop Price: RM1500 - RM4000 Website: www.lenovo.com With the latest X1 Carbon running Intel’s 10th Generation CPU’s. Lenovo unleashes its first commercial platform part of the Project Athena program, ready to take on a full day’s work with all day battery life and the latest Wi-Fi 6 connectivity. Designed and engineered around ThinkPad’s core foundational principles, these new laptops address the needs of a new generation workforce and their dynamic workspaces. People who are seeking devices that offer intuitive, secure features and higher performance to improve their workday, ThinkPad is here to help them accomplish their most important goals.

JBL CHARGE 3

Acer ASPIRE E 15

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Price: RM2,659 Website: Acer outlets or authorized dealers

This full-featured waterproof portable speaker with high-capacity Aspire E Series laptops are great choices for everyday users, with lots battery to charge your devices goes a long way. Wirelessly connect of appealing options and an attractive design that exceed expectations. up to 3 smartphones or tablets to the speaker and take turns With many enhanced components, color choices, and a textured metallic playing powerful stereo sound. It even has a built-in rechargeable finish, the Aspire E makes everyday better. With added enhancements, BenQ S you Series Mouse Li-ion battery supports up to 20 hours of playtime and ZOWIE charges get an even richer media experience. Acer TrueHarmony™ delivers Price:RM 299 zowie.benq.com smartphones and tablets via USB. Plus, no more worrying about rainWebsite: richer, more lifelike audio, while Acer ExaColor™ produces consistent The S Series to have ainshorter wrapaccuracy around and the mouse. There is enoughprovide space between the palm or spills; youwas candesigned even submerge water.overall length allowing users to easily colour andhold Skype-certified components uninterrupted and back edge of the mouse which means users can move more freely during audio verticaland movements video. while still being able to rest their palm on the back of the mouse. It allows the user’s fingertips to hold/cover the mouse to move smoothly. The S Series is equipped with a 3360 sensor and is available in two sizes, S1 and S2. It also comes with a report rate switch at the bottom of the mice to easily switch to your preferred setting.

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Samsung QLED 8K TV Price: RM 59,999 (75 inches display) , RM 299,999 (98 inches display) Website: samsung.com The unprecedented picture quality and size with 33 million pixels and models up to 98″ make this a memorable and breathtaking experience. It is now leading the way as the first to bring 8K to the market by delivering 4 times the resolution of 4K and 16 times the resolution of HD, which transforms flat images into a deeper, more lifelike experience. Besides that, the QLED 8K TV is equipped with a special feature called the Quantum Processor, Samsung’s proprietary technology that upscale content into 8K quality images. Using AI technology, this engine analyses the images the TV is displaying and automatically fills in the gaps between pixels of a lower-resolution video.

iPhone 11 Pro Price: RM 4,899 (64GB), RM 5,599 (256GB) Website: apple.com/my/ The iPhone Pro is the first triple-camera system to combine cutting-edge technology with the legendary simplicity of iPhone. You get to capture 4 times more scene and drastically lower light for the images. It has a 5.8 inches display. As for the iPhone 11, it comes with a 6.1 inches in display and dual rear camera setup. Apple has also introduced a new camera feature known as slow-motion selfies or “slofies” as the company termed it. It lets users snap moving selfies with the 12-megapixel True Depth camera in the front. It can last up to four hours longer than iPhone XS too!

HyperX Cloud Alpha S Headset Price: RM 499 Website: itcomp2u.com It builds upon the groundbreaking Cloud Alpha and features custom-tuned HyperX virtual 7.1 surround sound1. With the included audio control mixer, you can activate the surround sound and adjust the game audio and chat balance without having to go into any menus. Bass adjustment sliders have been added to the ear cups so you can personalize your audio. The Cloud Alpha S still features the dual-chamber driver system which reduces distortion and provides clearer sound, as well as signature HyperX comfort afforded by the memory foam ear cushions.

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Logitech MX Master 3 Price: RM 449 Website: www.logitech.com MX Master 3 is instant precision and infinite potential. It’s the most advanced Master Series mouse yet – designed for creatives and engineered for coders. If you can think it, you can master it. The wheel’s machined steel gives it a premium tactility and enough weight to offer a dynamic inertia you feel – but don’t HONOR VIEW20 hear. Seamlessly control multiple computers with your Flow-enabled MX Master 3 by simply moving your cursor to the edge of the screen. Your MX Master Price: Starts from RM1,999 3 flows with you, even between Windows® and macOS operating systems.

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HONOR View20’s rear camera is the first to be powered by the SONY IMX586 48MP sensor, with a 1/2-inch large CMOS, and equivalent 1.6μm pixels in Quad Bayer array. The sensor, boosted by the Kirin 980 chipset, supports new 48MP AI Ultra Clarity mode to produce photos with unmatched detail and clarity. The Kirin 980’s dual-NPU processes the photo using an advanced AI algorithm – the quality of the photo is assessed, details in dark areas are optimized, and colors are adjusted to appear more vivid.

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Xiaomi Redmi AirDots Price: Price from RM 59.90 Website: www.mi.com A new experience of true wireless headphones that automatically connected in seconds, and it’s ready to start it’s brilliant performance immediately. The headset has a built-in Bluetooth 5.0 chip to be called a new generation of headphones. Redmi AirDots is equipped with the latest Bluetooth 5.0 chip, and the data transfer rate is up to 2 times compared with the previous generation. The connection is faster and more stable, and it is smoother and smoother to listen to songs and play games.

JBL CHARGE 3

Acer ASPIRE E 15

Price: RM899 Website: Lazada

Price: RM2,659 Website: Acer outlets or authorized dealers

This full-featured waterproof portable speaker with high-capacity Aspire E Series laptops are great choices for everyday users, with lots battery to charge your devices goes a long way. Wirelessly connect of appealing options and an attractive design that exceed expectations. up to 3 smartphones or tablets to the speaker and take turns With many enhanced components, color choices, and a textured metallic playing powerful stereo sound. It even has a built-in rechargeable finish, the Aspire E makes everyday better. With added enhancements, HP Envy 13an even richer media experience. Acer TrueHarmony™ delivers Li-ion battery supports up to 20 hours of playtime and charges you get Price: From RMrain 2600 Website: www8.hp.com smartphones and tablets via USB. Plus, no more worrying about richer, more lifelike audio, while Acer ExaColor™ produces consistent From theyou firstcan look, it has an exceptional power in a sleek, and stylish design that is crafter in aand thin Skype-certified and light, all-aluminium designprovide perfect uninterrupted for your mobile or spills; even submerge in water. colour accuracy components lifestyle. It’s micro-edge display syncs beautifully with a full-size keyboard foraudio an incredible compact design. Confidently power through projects with the and video. latest Intel Core processors, NVIDIA graphics card and up to 16GB RAM. Plus, it even have an incredible 14 hours of battery life and Fast Charge- the power is all yours.

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Explore the best of Turkey with Darren Teoh

Our publisher, Darren shares some of his beautiful pictures, and his unforgettable travel experiences while in Turkey.

Turkey, is truly a beautiful country that brings fun, joy, happiness and never-ending journey to you. One fun fact: Turkey is one of the leading tourism destinations in the world with its stunning scenery and rich historic legacy. It offers nothing less than a good life with happy memories.

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Istanbul I landed in Istanbul early in the morning. Istanbul is where continents collide. This magical meeting place of East and West has more top-drawer attractions than its stunning architecture. Istanbul is a central hub connecting Asia and Europe, blending the past and the future, bringing together cultures and people from all over the world. The city brings some of the best opportunities in the world, such as architectural monuments, exciting historical places and unique holy sites.

The Süleymaniye crowns one of İstanbul’s seven hills and dominates the Golden Horn, providing a landmark for the entire city.

Enjoy a private Bosphorus cruise This rocky wonderland was shaped by millions of years of natural phenomena.

CAPADOCIA With the first light hits the day, I took a onehour flight to Cappadocia. I continued my full day journey starting with Devrent Valley with its eye catching, unique chimneys, Pasabag (Monk’s Valley), fascinating Avanos, the beauteous valley of Goreme and Open Air museum where the remains of churches and early Christian dwellings, hewn from the soft rocks and stones, dating back thousands of years, are still standing.

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I felt so fresh and rejuvenated after a morning swim, and I believe it's one of the best mode to fitness during holiday:)

Pamukkale Hot Air Balloon Tour starts around 30 minutes before the sunrise

PAMUKALE Pamukkale, which is 22 kilometres away from Denizli city centre, is visited by tourists every year with its natural beauties and unique scenery. Either you are a solo traveller on your own or a member of a guided tour staying in a hotel near Pamukkale, Pamukkale Balloon Tour is something you shouldn’t miss. Being in a basket which floats 3.000 feet from the ground and experiencing sun rise over purely white cliffs is once in a lifetime opportunity. I was so excited to see Pamukkale like never before; from above in a hot air balloon. So thrilled to witness the beauty of the nature, the white travertines of Pamukkale, Menderes Valley, and ancient settlement of Hierapolis from a new perspective.

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Kusadasi Kusadasi is a coastal resort town in the Aydin Province of Aegean Turkey. The beaches that stretch along Kudasi's Aegean coastline are as diverse in terrain as they are in ambiance. Known for its bargain shopping and lively entertainment scene, Kusadasi has become, over the past few decades, a favourite destination for visitors from Europe on package holidays.

Turkish Cuicine Turkish cuisine is one of the best in the world. There are so many meat and vegetable dishes, soups, drinks, and delicious desserts. You can find a great variety of mouth-watering dishes in Turkish cuisine, which is mostly the heritage of Ottoman cuisine. Sampling the local delicacies is an important part of travel, and indulging in Turkish food when I travelled to the beautiful Turkey was no different.

Turkish coffee has become famous all around the world for both its strong taste and its special methods of preparation and service.

I love Turkish ice cream aka dondurma.

Your mouth will start watering as soon as you smell and see the skewered meats when served hot out of charcoal.

ABOUT DARREN DARREN TEOH, THE PUBLISHER OF 2CENTS, IS AN OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST AND A SERIOUS TRAVELAHOLIC. HE WISHES TO EXPLORE EVERY INCH OF THE GLOBE. HE SHARES EXPERIENCE FROM HIS TRAVELS TO INSPIRE OTHERS TO SEE THE WORLD. WHETHER YOU’RE PLANNING FOR A SHORT HOLIDAY OR A LONG-TERM TRIP, HIS STORIES WILL AWAKEN YOUR WANDERLUST. INSTAGRAM: I.AM.DARREN

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Travelling Taboos Around Asia Countries Written by: Natasha Christopher Asia is a continent that is filled with a melting pot of culture. With culture, there’s always a lot of traditions and mutual respect to adhering to when you’re travelling around Asian countries. You’re bound to experience cultural differences so it’s good to understand their local culture and rules of a certain country when you are visiting. In hopes to not offend the people living in that country as well their customs, here are some big no-no things to do.

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Dining Any restaurants in Asia would sometimes require you to use chopsticks. There are a few ways to use them without insulting anyone. You shouldn’t stick your chopsticks vertically into your rice. It’s believed to resembles the incense sticks that Buddhists offer to the dead. Plus, don’t cross your chopsticks when you place them on a chopstick rest. In Korea, always place your chopsticks on the table and not parallel across your bowl when you’ve finished eating. As a sign of respect, Koreans would normally let the elders or the most senior person start eating first before they could. Banana leaf is an essential food served in Malaysia and many Indian parts of the Asian places. When indulging scrumptious Indian food with the banana leaf, it’s a must to eat with your hands. Of course, it’s not shunned upon when you eat with a fork and spoon but it’s an experience and culture to try once in a lifetime. Lastly, after you’re done with it, always fold the leaf inwards towards you to show appreciation towards the meal. Folding outwards is usually done during a funeral.

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Besides that, in Cambodia and China, you should eat up but not all the way. A rather unique taboo that you should leave some food on your plate but it only shows that your hosts were hospitable.

Mind Your Manners Especially in Japan and Korea where respect is highly sorted after in their culture. Show your respect for the Japanese culture and customs by politely bowing to others. Blowing your nose, being loud, eat or drink while walking or on public transportation are all considered rude and frowned upon. When it comes to Japanese culture itself, don’t tip anyone as it’s not part of their culture. Even leaving small change may have people running after you with it. This is due to the workers feel they are getting paid to do their job and take pride in it well, so they feel they don’t need an added incentive. Most Asian household would offer you a drink or food to eat and never reject them. For example, if someone offers you a drink of water when you’re in Laos, accept it with an open heart, even if you’re not thirsty. Don’t step over food too.

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King and Leaders King and leaders are revered in some Asian countries. Especially in Thailand, once found disrespecting their king can result in a 15-year old sentenced to jail. This doesn’t just apply to travellers but also for local Thais. Three years back, three Thai women were convicted of insulting the monarchy but now are being released from jail after receiving royal pardons. It is a serious crime here so remember to always be respectful of the beautiful culture Thailand has to offer. While travelling in Indonesia, it's always best to not insult the president or vice president. Although this law was declared unconstitutional and abolished in 2006, however, the government is planning on bringing back the law. If the draft is approved, an insult could get you up to five years in prison.

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Be that as it may, Asia countries are one of the most visited continents and perhaps presents some of the most iconic places ever. Following the simple etiquette rules might just help you explore the Asian world better with respect.

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An aspiring Malay singer-songwriter Maizurah, hailing from Johor Malaysia pens a Mandarin song called “Have You Ever Loved Me”. The song is composed by a British Music Producer Ben Haynes who is based in Derby, United Kingdom. Maizurah who now resides in Qatar has always aspired to be a singer and has written several songs in English, and now wishes to write and experiment Mandarin songs. Being educated in a Chinese School – Foon Yew High School, Johor Bahru for more than ten years, she is fluent in Mandarin although her mother tongue is the Malay language, giving her the advantage to express her creativity in the process of writing Mandarin songs. Maizurah grew up in a family who appreciates music. Throughout her younger days, she listened to popular Mandarin songs by A-Mei, Faye Wong, Leehom Wang, Jacky Cheung, Jerry Yan, Jay Chou, Jin Sha (Kym) and Fish Leong. In addition, Maizurah names Penny Tai as one of her favourite idols in the Chinese music industry and coincidently Penny Tai was also her school alumni and she is very proud of her successful music career. Being her idol, Maizurah would love to follow Penny Tai’s footsteps and develop her musical journey in China. Follow Maizurah on Instagram : officialmaizurah

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How long have you been a photographer? I picked up my first camera at the age of 13 (13 years ago) but my first paid photo shoot was at 18 (8 years ago)! So depends on who's asking!

Where did the passion for photography started? When I saw what my favourite photographer could do with the click of a camera. Lara Jade used to shoot self portraits and manipulate the pictures to be ethereal and a little dark and I thought to myself, "This is photography". The fact that you could be absolutely anyone and express yourself in absolutely anyway. I was 13 when I found her on DeviantArt and I became obsessed with wanting to capture someone's (even my own) aura in a picture, the way she captured her own. It's like a show with no music or scripts!

What is your favorite subject to photograph? Why? Humans. I used to enjoy shooting landscapes and capturing the beauty Earth has to offer. As I grew up, I learn that humans are part of that beauty too. ESPECIALLY in their own individuality and environment. Women in particular are my favourite because it’s like a comfortable SAFE room just booming with strength and empowerment and most importantly SUPPORT. We thrive, both in front and behind the camera.

What is your favorite type of lens or camera to shoot with? Why? I have been shooting with my Canon 5D Mark III for 7 years now. It is the love of my life. I mostly shoot on the same 50 mm 1.4 that I purchased with the camera (as my specialty is portraits). It's been my set up for so long. I do like experimenting with lenses that I can get my hands on but I seem to always revert back to them old boys.

What are the biggest misconception people have about the work you do? That I am just a picture taker and not an artist. I would like to think that there's a distinct style to my craft that people will hire me for. For the most part, with the education of what art is, the less people have misconstrued what photography is and have better understood my aesthetic. But even painters and graphic designers all have their own individuality and we would hope to be hired for that and not just to replicate something else our client has seen before.

Whose work has influenced you the most? Lara Jade! As mentioned before, she started with self-portraits and has bloomed into a renowned Fashion/Editorial Photographer. Even though she captures clothes, she also captures an emotion within the story telling of the clothing design. And every time she shoots celebrities, she captures their aura perfectly.

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How do you educate yourself to take better pictures? By learning from others and learning from my previous work. Being inspired by people helps. You start trying new techniques in shooting and editing that make you grow as an artist! Experimenting with styles out of your norm is key to learning new technical things!

Do you use any technology/software to edit the pictures? If yes, kindly share with us what is it. Adobe Lightroom for all my colour correction and Adobe Photoshop for any extra skin retouching. Sometimes VSCO if I'm on the go and have my iPhone SD Card reader on me! I never stop moving!

What other types of pictures would you like to take to expand your portfolio? I would love to do full on Editorial photos. I've not had the chance yet, but I'm going to keep working until the opportunity comes my way. The idea of working with a designer and their vision of the clothes they make is just so exciting to me!

When it comes to Instagram or any other social media sites, what do you think makes a good picture stand out from average? Emotion! Everyone can take a good photo or post an amazing composition, but if a photo strikes a chord within you, you know it's going to stand out to others!

One of the eye-opening photo projects that Annatasha did

What is (one of) the most eye-opening photo projects you’ve covered? Probably the one of Nalisa that I did, which wasn't even a planned project, she had just hired me for her own personal portfolio. We shared her photos that exuded body positivity and the reaction to it was overwhelming! Of course there were some negative people but what was truly overwhelming was the amount of people that just felt absolutely empowered with their own body shapes and types after seeing those photographs. And what was really eye opening was that these women opened up to me about how they have never had the confidence to get their photos taken because of how they look but it is SO important that they know a photo is beautiful because THEY make it beautiful.If you feel good, then your way is the right way to look gorgeous.

Most rewarding thing about your work? Giving my clients (particularly women) the safe space to be themselves. I aspire to capture the beauty within them so that they can FEEL and SEE how beautiful they are. It's really rewarding when my clients come back to me and tell me they feel beautiful after a shoot. That's what I want. I want them to be happy and feel good about themselves!

Advice to upcoming photographers wanting to go in the same path as you are? Be patient. Work doesn't come easy or fast but when it does, it is rewarding. Don't be afraid to experiment and learn from others. Your style in photography will not be at stake; PLEASE soak up all your favourite artists' vibes and energy and eventually you will churn out your own distinct look. Collaborate when time and money allows and don't forget to give people credit where it is due and in return, people will credit you for your amazing work!

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Any upcoming projects you have that you could share with us? There's a huge one coming up but I can't share it with you yet. I can only say that it'll be released in April. So for now I’m tongue-tied!

Similarly, Annatasha or her Instagram handle name @monkeydisease, loves and breaths anything that has to do with music, particularly singing . Also, she is very passionate about creating a safe space for the women of the community to thrive, share and grow together through @safespacemalaysia on Instagram. Be sure to follow her on IG to see what’s next for this talented artist up ahead!

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How to Ensure You Party Safe and Have Fun While At It. Written by: Natasha Christopher

Attending college are what you would call the experimental phase in every growing child. You’ll learn to juggle between rushing for assignment, pull an all nighter to study, staying with roommates for the first time and just having instant noodles every day because let’s face it, food are expensive AF when you’re a student. Of course, when you study hard, you’ll bound to party harder too to release the tension from a long week. This is the time where college students go to the latest clubs/ bars and experiment with alcohol or just the fun culture of it. Whatever it may be, all this wild side from college certainly do teaches us the ups and downs to being a student and as a human being. I can vividly remember my college days like it was yesterday. Every weekend without fail, it would either be partying it up with college mates, dancing my heart out to Beyonce’s Crazy In Love or vibing to Drake in the club or my regular Thursday Ladies Night with my girls. It was one of the moments that taught me a huge lesson on partying. You don’t have much energy to party anymore once you start a full-time job. As time goes by, you begin to enjoy more of the company with your friends and chill drinks rather than the blaring loud music of clubs (depending on the music too!). I’ve had my fair share of making sure I party safe and to have a bloody good time while I’m at it. So here’s some things you can do to let your hair down and go home feeling less of a headache.

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4. Be civil with the DJ’s

1. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE

Yes, DJ’s are there to set the mood, hype the crowd out with their songs, and to make sure all of you are having the best time of your life. It sucks when customer(s) decides to walk up to the DJ booth and think they’re holier than thou when it comes to music. If you’ve done this before, you’re just sucking up the soul of the industry and the hardworking people that have spend hours to craft the best music for your entertainment. You wouldn’t like if someone tells you how to your job, right? Trust the DJ’s.

If you look at the local news nowadays, they’ve been a number of drunk driving cases that resulted in serious injuries and even loss of life. No one and I repeat, NO ONE should be operating a moving vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is an offence under the Road Transport Act 1987, and in the event of death or injury to others, the driver can be charged under Section 44 (1), which carries between three and 10 years’ jail term and a fine of between RM8,000 and RM20,000.

One civil way of going through with this is, write on a piece of paper the songs you are requesting and pass it to the DJ. Also, doesn’t hurt to be respectful of the great job the DJ has been doing. Afterall, it takes two hands to clap when it comes to having fun.

To avoid the unspeakable from happening, there’s an option for you to take the E-hailing transportation services like Grab to ensure you have a great night and also be back home safe. Or you can simply assign a sober friend to drive you back home. Either way, my point is NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE.

5. You don’t need alcohol to have fun

2. No fighting

*Gasp*

Nothing ruins the mood more when you or any of your friends starts fighting after a night of drinking. Then it’ll just end up just with you trying to relief the fight or watch it go to shits. Humans, I appeal to you, if you have a problem with someone, it’s always best to settle it between yourself and to not put on a show where it may potentially hurt the onlooker and disrupt the bar owner’s businesses. Always follow in the words of Bhad Barbie when you feel like fighting, cash me outside, howbow dah. I kid, I kid. Seriously, violence is not cool. Just have fun and move along.

Breaking News: You can still have fun without the usage of alcohol. Sure, it may help you loosen up abit but if you have fantastic songs to dance to, it’s essentially about you having a great time with your friends. So, if you don’t need alcohol, but you have persisting friends, just refer to number 3. NO MEANS NO!

6. Know Your Limits

Which brings to this point. You never want to be that person who is unaware of your surroundings and being called drunk for the rest of your life. Limit yourself when you know you can’t handle drinking anymore. Enjoy other aspects of the party: meeting new people, catching up with friends, eating, dancing. Always be comfortable because you know what's best for you.

3. Understand consent

NO MEANS NO! I think many people fail to understand what consent is all about. Let’s give a situation of when a friend is offering you a piece of gum and you instantly say no. What normal people would do is to back down and not offer you again after you made it clear that you don’t want a gum anymore. Same goes to consent.

Alternatively, remember to HAVE FUN! Make sure you’re safe and the world is your oyster. Cheers to the weekend!

Someone been flirting/caressing with you in the club, but you are not interested in their intentions,, so you said no to any further advances. That’s when both people should back away. If any of you are scared someone is dumb enough to not understand the word no, always come along with trustworthy friends around you to help you ‘escape’.

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There’s been a lot of talks and uproar among the netizens on the recent group who initially promoted on boycotting non-Muslim products didn’t sit well with the public. As it appears according to their retracted statement, their context was taken out of proportion and was said to promote Malaysian product first. Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail added that the ministry had been supportive of promoting local products where it imposes a strict 30 per cent local products policy to international brands wanting to open their hypermarkets and supermarkets here. (source: the New Straits Times online, Sept 7, 2019).

BRANDS THAT ARE PROUD, AND LOCALLY MADE AND FOUNDED BY!

With this misunderstanding of communication, you get to see the amount of Malaysians who have expressed their love and concerns when it comes to the importance of supporting local products. Our Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad even urge Malaysians to emulate the Japanese as they support and buy their products and now, it’s a globally popular quality goods. It’s due to their patriotism that made Japan a household quality product. He mentions that if Malaysians were to adopt the “Look East” policy which consists of countries like Japan, South Korea and China, we could also progress into a developed country one day. (source: the New Straits Times online, August 13,2018).

Written by: Natasha Christopher

“buying close to home may be more than a feel-good, it's-worth-paying-more-for-local matter. “-Time MagazineAccording to an article by Trade Ready, they compared what benefits one can get when you buy local products as opposed to buying globally.

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That being said, Malaysia is home to so many beautiful things and products that you don’t need to source overseas. You have a plethora of locally made products that range from food & beverage items/restaurants, fashion, apps, and even beauty products. There are several products that Malaysians may not know is local.

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Image : Capitaland The international and luxurious fashion retailer that is based in Malaysia has more than 800 sales outlets across Asia namely in Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, and also in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It has provided high quality and fashion of leatherwear, footwear, accessories for both men and women. It all started in 1977 where Bonia’s founder, Mr Chiang Sang Sem was first inspired by the artwork of Giambologna, Italy. Then he had started the business with Bonia name in Singapore, which was involved in designing, wholesaling, and manufacturing of leather goods. In 1980, the Bonia Group has succeeded in becoming a market leader in Malaysia and Singapore. After that Bonia Group had expanded the branches and boutique to another country. (source: UKessays). Today, the retail manages brands like Bonia, Sembonia, CarloRino and Braun Buffel.

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Yes, that’s right. This world-famous brand and high-end luxury hospitality is the brainchild of billionaire Robert Kuok. The group’s business operations span a range of activities and a number of countries in Asia. In addition to the hotels, the group’s portfolio also includes commodity trading, real estate, beverages, logistics, shipping, edible oil refining and plantations. The name Shangri La is said to be a mountain of Tibet where a fictional land of peace and perpetual youth, setting for the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by the English author James Hilton. Since its origin, the group has grown rapidly to satisfy the increased demand for deluxe hotels and resorts in Asia Pacific’s capital cities and sought-after leisure destinations. Today there are more than 95 properties, of which only 20 are third party management agreements, throughout the Asia Pacific, Europe, Indian Ocean, North America and the Middle East, representing a room inventory of over 40,000. (source: shangri-la.com).

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Image : Uber Eats It’s perhaps a place where Australians go for a dose of Malaysian cuisine. It’s storied history in re-creating authentic Malaysian cuisine that’s borne of age-old traditions and recipes, PappaRich brand today is synonymous with bringing the Malaysian experience all over the world through enjoyment of delicious local foods. It first began in the year of 2005 in Malaysia and its recipes are even made locally. The PappaRich research and development team frequently travels to all corners of Malaysia to deliver a fine-tuning of Malaysian taste of food. Plus, they’ve completely re-defined sugarfree coffee but using a substitute of sugar called Stevia - non-diabetic ingredients. Defining a newer and healthier option for all Malaysians. Besides locations in Malaysia, PappaRich has also made its stand in Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and even in the United States of America.

Image : behypy Mamee’s story began in 1971 when founder Datuk Pang Chin Hin and his partner opened a small manufacturing plant in Melaka that manufactured instant noodles. Then, it is born from the first ever product: Lucky Instant Noodles. During a trip to a rural village, his son, Pang Tee Chew saw farm workers eating dry instant noodles straight from a packet and the light-bulb moment started within him. The rest is history. This Malaysian childhood happy pack has provided tons of smiles and reigniting old school memories with loved ones. Soon, Mamee products are marketed through blue monster mascot which is now a symbol for famous noodle snack. The company now makes more than 50 different products and Mister Potato crisps are its biggest seller. The famous noodle snack is shared from all over the place like Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Fiji Island, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Scotland and many other places.

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Image : britishindia.com Established in 1994, BritishIndia is a homegrown lifestyle brand that currently has over 40 outlets across Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines. Created for the tropics and inspired by the grand romance of the Colonial era, our stores offer timeless designs created with the philosophy of comfort and effortless dressing for both men and women in mind. Founder of British India, Pat Liew was set on growing the brand into a household icon of sorts in the local fashion industry. For her, British India is not high fashion but still stands tall among the top brands around the world. (source: The Star Online, 21 Dec 2013) The fashion company launches 6 different collections per year for every line, and every line is averaging around 20 styles per collection to keep the merchandise in the retail stores fresh. It’s also a powerful brand enough to be considered a vehicle to promote tourism in Malaysia as tourists choose shopping as a way to infuse our culture through purchasing of local products. (source: martinroll.com, Sept 2016).

Image : penang food for thought If you think this famous Japanese restaurant is from Japan itself, think again. Sushi King first opened its doors in 1995, pioneering a new era of Japanese cuisine in Malaysia with our unique ‘Kaiten Sushi’ or ‘Revolving Sushi’ with quick-service restaurant concept. Offering a wide variety of sushi along with an expansive menu of other Japanese food at affordable prices in a friendly, and cosy environment. The founder, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Fumiko Konishi, a Japanese born businessman from Nanao has discovered a pathway for a potential market in Malaysia. From a single outlet in Kuala Lumpur, Sushi King have grown to encompass over 60 (and counting) restaurants nationwide, distinguishing themselves as the largest sushi chain of restaurants in the country. Not only winning Golden Bull Award - awards for outstanding SME’s - for more many years, Sushi King also wins SuperBrand 2003/2004 and The Malaysia Book of Records.

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Image : bukalapak.com Everyone knows of this product that has helped Malaysians and other places serve good food on the table through savoury taste buds of powdery goodness. You have a selection of premium spices, flours, pre-mixers and many more that have put a smile on every person who cooks. They have a variety of range of item in them. It’s no wonder, one of three main meals consumed by Malaysian will have a product from the Baba’s range in them. These spices can be found from all parts of the world including North America, Canada, Europe, South Africa, and Australia. It’s Malaysia’s leading curry powder and spice brand, capturing in more than 60% of the Malaysian market. Baba’s started in 1977 as a sundry van business selling spices that caters to local housewives. Through word of mouth of how fantastic this product was, it then helped Baba’s to be the product it is now known as.

Image : KLIA2 Here’s where you can get fine premium chocolate at an affordable price and it’s made in Malaysia! BERYL's chocolate was established in 1995 with the mission to produce premium quality chocolate and fine confectionery delicacies. Beryl's carries three types of chocolate namely, white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate. It comes in a wide range of packaging from gift pack, bar chocolate, canister pack to special design festive pack with an attractive appeal that captures the heart of chocolate lovers. Today, Beryl's is exported to Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippine, Vietnam and Thailand, and distributed in major hypermarkets, departmental stores, chain stores, convenience shops and retail shops.

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Image : jobstreet.com You might have come across this website when you’re seeking or applying for new jobs. As it is one of Asia’s leading online employment marketplaces, jobstreet.com has provided millions with work opportunity, and access to the latest job openings. They began in 1977 in Penang with the purpose of improving lives through better careers. You can even now access to job applications from Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam. It also does profiles on companies, salary matching and rating it by collecting reviews from employees. Plus now they have their very own mobile phone app you can easily go in. Jobstreet serves over 89,000 employers and 3.4 million candidates. Delivering a staggering 48% of job placements which is the most at any other talent sourcing places.

Image : sabbyprue The delicious history of one of the famous biscuit snack brands came about in the year of 1991. A bunch of biscuit aficionados formulated their first successful crunch with a second-hand wafer stick machine in a small peaceful town of Southern Malaysia. Then a wave of new fun unleashed with the launch of new products” MUZIC, MUNCHINI, and LEXUS, that made a new debut to the market and everyone started noticing Munchy’s. They then began munching into new shores, with more than 50 countries making Munchy’s their go-to snack. Today, Munchy’s is currently the number 1 homegrown biscuit brand in Malaysia. Headquarters situated in Batu Pahat.

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La Risata

Restaurant

Remains A Favourite Italian Dining Spot For Two Decades and Counting.

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f you’re a connoisseur for Italian food, La Risata is the perfect lively dine-in restaurants around town! The name “La Risata” actually means “the laughter” in Italian, is situated in two places with Ampang being the main branch and shortly after Damansara was open to the public three years later.

Having known as one of the oldest Italian restaurants around, they have been serving some of the best Italian food in Kuala Lumpur since 1996 itself. La Risata has been welcoming customers from all walks of life to unite them for their love of classic hearty pizzas and succulent steaks. We’ve tried out the one at the Damansara branch and instantly entering in, you’ll have this feeling of a luxurious setting yet with a touch of feeling right at home. With slightly dimmed lights and breezy environment, this place can be the perfect date night too! “We’re proud of the fact that we give value for money in terms of food, new menus and ambience to provide the best for a great customer dining experience. Over the years, we also want to maintain a friendly neighbourhood type of feel and encourage our customers to try something new from the menu as well” -Selena Mak, Senior Sales and Marketing Manager of La RisataOwners of La Risata, Lissa Yeoh and Yuen Sze took over this place and transition it to closer to comfort Italian ways of cooking. For example, authentic Italian dishes ranging from traditional wood-fired oven thin to selecting the finest ingredients for every meal. To feed your Malaysian tummy with Italian finest food, make sure you head to

Ratings 4.6 Presentation

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La Risata, Damansara Address: 128, Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur Opening Hours: Daily, Lunch (12pm-3pm) Dinner (6pm- 11 pm) Phone: 03-20959572 FB: @larisatarestaurant

4.7 Value

Website: la-risata.com

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Let’s check out some of the Italian dishes you can indulge here! Costata Di Manzo Alla Griglia, RM 76

Costata Di Manzo Alla Griglia, RM 76

The Italian word “Costata” is ribeye in English where this amazing piece of meat is grilled Australian chilled grain-fed rib (250g) with baked potato cake and mixed vegetables with a choice of sauce of not just one or two but three! You have the option of creamy mushroom, gorgonzola cheese and brown sauce. One of the best things about this main course is the fact of how smooth, juicy and tender meat is -cooked medium-well. I felt it was heaven calling my name through this wonderfully cooked steak. Pair it with every sauce available and it’ll double your chances of coming back here for more. The baked potato cake is also a great option for this food as opposed to normal mash potato. It’s a whole different experience that one should try at least once.

Chocolate Bombe, RM 25 For this dessert, you need to be ready with your phone to record the presentation of how this is being served. The chocolate bombe itself is hidden in a dark and white chocolate semifreddo with wild berries. It’s certainly a rich dessert that is packed with all the right sweetness and make you feel, ahh that was a great meal to end.

Pizza Carbonara, RM 29 Carbonara and pizzas, you might think they have nothing in common. In La Risata, they introduce pizza carbonara where it consists of beef bacon, mushroom, mozzarella and parmesan. Just imagine your regular pasta carbonara but in pizza form. YUMMY! Aside from the thin crust that is baked to perfection, it’s one slice portion is truly the proper Italian size - can be shared with two people or more.

Chocolate Bombe, RM 25

Gnocchi Ai Gamberi, RM 24 For those who are not familiar with what gnocchi is, it’s an Italian speciality of a potato dumpling with a flavouring of herbs and vegetables. In this take of gnocchi in La Risata, it consists of little potato dumplings and juicy prawns sauteed in herb butter. Just make sure you have a taste of the gnocchi and the prawn together and you’ll begin to see the magic in terms of its flavour. A great appetizer indeed!

Tomini Alla Griglia Con Peperoni Arrostiti, RM 40 I know. When I first tried to pronounce this dish, it got my tongue all twisted and wasn’t doing this humble Italian dish any justice. The presentation alone is just an Insta moment on its own. For those who are as clueless as I am, Tomini is a soft fresh cheese that is made of cow’s milk, alla griglia direct translation means grilled meat or vegetables. Comes in a sandwich like preparation, this appetizer comes with a grilled tomini cheese with roasted pepper, tomato and rocket on toasted ciabatta bread. Certainly, you can taste the freshness of the ingredients and a good starter to fill your tummy.

Tortellini D’Anatra E Porcini, RM 37

Spaghetti Alla Risata, RM 39 This house speciality is baked in foil with mixed seafood in a hearty spicy tomato sauce. The seafood given in this huge portion (2-3 person to share) is generous. The pasta along with mixed seafood of prawns, mussels, squid and clams makes it a great infusion of flavours that gives it a slight leverage of spiciness tinge to it. The perfect meal for a group of family to enjoy.

Tortellini D’Anatra E Porcini, RM 37

Gnocchi Ai Gamberi, RM 24

Tortellini are ring-shaped pasta that is sometimes known as belly button as it’s shaped like one. In layman terms, you can even call it a “Chinese wonton” but the Italian version of course. All of this tortellini are handmade that is stuffed with porcini ( Italian and French mushroom), button mushroom, with smoked duck mascarpone and parmesan cheese with fresh sage butter and completing it with truffle oil. Let me tell you something, this dish blew my mind away. Now only is the duck and the other ingredients blend well together to endeavour, but the sauce is pretty much the anchor that holds this tortellini dish to its perfection. Creamy and adds that zest to this picture-perfect Italian food.

Pizza Carbonara, RM 29 Tomini Alla Griglia Con Peperoni Arrostiti, RM 40

Spaghetti Alla Risata, RM 39

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DRIVE4PAUL CODY WALKER MALAYSIA WILL INCLUDE SPECIAL GUEST –

THE LATE PAUL WALKER’S BROTHER For all you car enthusiasts, make sure you keep yourself free this weekend for a special car and automotive show. Organized by Retro Havoc, DRIVE4PAUL has been a highly celebrated car show which is on its sixth edition since 2014, with Malaysia being the first time ever to host. This year Retro Havoc invited Paul Walker’s charity organisation, Reach Out WorldWide(ROWW) and with Chief Executive Officer/ brother of the late Paul Walker – famously known in Fast & Furious sequels- to join forces and plan DRIVE4PAUL Malaysia 2019 charity fundraising with ticket sales, registration fees, merchandise and F&B sales that all proceeds will go to the fund itself. The charity event which will take up to two days and graced by Cody Walker himself – presents a full one-day car and automotive show that is open to everyone with a RM10 minimal entry charge. International participants from ASEAN as well as many car enthusiasts and restorers around the continents are expected to join in the funfair. You’ll be also seeing Fast & Furious replica cars like Skyline R34, Ford Escort MK1, Subaru V10 and many more. This will all take place on the 12th October, 2019. As for 13th October, that will only be for registered participants who paid RM200 which includes luncheon and a special convoy ride to Sepang Circuit, plus a beautiful trip to Langkawi.

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Speaking to the main man behind Retro Havoc, Alie Kuoppa mentions that so far this event has ranked in around RM 80,000 for the charity, with 420 cars registered. He hopes to snowball the charity proceeds by RM140,000 towards the end of the event. “We do it to raise fund for an amazing nonprofit charity with Reach Out WorldWide where it helps natural disaster victims to their aid. Besides that, coming to the main agenda of this is also for all car enthusiasts to come together to show support, love and appreciation towards automotive as well as helping the world one step at a time” -Alie Kuoppa, Retro HavocTourism Malaysia also collaborated with Retro Havoc and ROWW for the upcoming Visit Malaysia 2020 (VM020) campaign. “This is a good effort to welcome VM2020 and also to fill up our 2019 motorsports calendar”, says Director General of Tourism Malaysia, Datuk Musa Yusof. They have targeted about 30 million interrnational tourist arrivals and RM100 billion tourist receipts. This latest series of collaboration with Retro Havoc shows Tourism Malaysia’s commitment in promoting sport tourism, or motorsport tourism. First was Malaysian Retro Automotive Show in March, second was Retro Havoc World Tour with classic Toyota AE86 covering the planet and now, its with Retro Havoc and DRIVE 4 PAUL events. All of these are in time with the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign. Apart from drift show and 420 classic cars, we have 30 participants from Singapore and 15 from Thailand, and organiser offers optional tourism packages for them by working with local travel agents in providing optional-custom-made tours for those who are interested, as pre or post-programme tour.

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With the participation of foreign media from Thailand, Philippines, Japan, U.S, New Zealand, U.K, Australia and many more, this gave an extremely positive impact for all 6 years of Retro Havoc events. They also were very stringent with the selection of cars that would be able to participate; it wasn’t as simple as registering. The cars were finally selected after months of research, and then the participants were invited to the event and no fees were collected to this. This because these enthusiasts have spent a lot of money to fix up the classic cars and to maintain the quality. Retro Havoc also invited participants that were midway in their restoration, this would give an insight to newcomers are would be keen to learn the ins and outs of classic car restoration.

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Another special guest hails from Japan, the GOD-father of car scene Mr Daijiro Inada (the Founder of OPTION MAGAZINE JAPAN, D1 Grand Prix, TOKYO AUTO SALOON), he never missed the RETRO HAVOC since then. Image: PaulTan.Org

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NASI LEMAK INSPIRED SPORTS SHOE!

From having seen all types of fusion of nasi lemak, this time ASICS Malaysia announces the brand’s first-ever foray into the local sneaker scene with a special rendition of the GEL-KAYANO 5 OG, inspired by the Nasi Lemak dish, presented by local multi-label retail store, Hundred% (hundred percent) and Malaysia’s biggest sneaker event, SneakerLAH. Giving a local twist to the famed retro silhouette of the GEL-KAYANO 5 OG, it transformed an ordinary sneaker into something close to the hearts of many Malaysians by taking inspiration from the nation’s popular dish. This special edition of the GEL-KAYANO 5 OG design represents the vibrant colours of the Nasi Lemak dish to reflect the unity amongst the diverse cultures in Malaysia. Off-white represents the rice and egg white, while green signifies cucumber. Red reflects the chilli paste, while yellow takes the form of the yolk. The whole palette is finished off with a hint of brown, reflecting the nuts and anchovies. “What we love about the shoe colourway re-design is that; it centres around the nasi lemak which is a dish that everyone likes and a societal knot that all Malaysians can relate to and instantly love,” said Boon Tib Soom Nik, Country Manager of ASICS Malaysia. Retailing for MYR599, the GEL-KAYANO 5 OG ‘Nasi Lemak Shoe’ is available for purchase at a limited quantity of 500 pairs exclusively at SneakerLAH 2019.

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ASICS NEW GLIDERIDE SHOE BRINGS ENERGY SAVING TECHNOLOGY TO MORE RUNNERS Saving runners energy: ASICS has today revealed how the eagerly awaited GLIDERIDE™ has successfully adapted the GUIDESOLE™ technology, first introduced in the METARIDE™ concept, and placed it on the feet of more runners in a unique race featuring participants of different abilities from around the world. The human-centric GUIDESOLE™ technology is an ergonomic precision-shaped curved sole that reduces energy loss. It works by minimizing lower leg movement through the stride - giving a feeling of effortless coasting - to make it easier for runners to keep going for longer. Increasing the accessibility of the GUIDESOLE™ technology was the inspiration behind the new shoe. Engineered by a team of scientific experts and designers at ASICS Institute of Sport Science (ISS), the development of GLIDERIDE™ was fast-tracked to get the new technology to more runners as quickly as possible. The result? The new GLIDERIDE™ has taken the category-leading GUIDESOLE™ technology a further step forward. Whilst providing maximum energy saving, it is lighter, with a less extreme curve and more cushioning than the concept shoe - increased comfort. Retails for MYR629, the GLIDERIDE™ will be available for men and women at selected ASICS retail stores.

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FIRST BEAUT Y ICE CREAM IN T HE WORLD LAUNCHED IN MALAYSIA

Since its debut less than 6 months ago, Crème De La Crème (CDLC) has already established a huge cult following for its artisanal ice-cream and iconic petits gâteaux, with mainstream media and renowned food critics hailing them as the best ice cream and the finest dessert works of art in Malaysia in recent times. Apart from taking the market by storm with its singular mission to create simply the best artisanal ice cream for Malaysians (with 100% all natural and premium ingredients and no preservatives, artificial flavourings or colourings), CDLC has also remained faithful to its promise to continually excite its clientele. It has introduced more than 10 new icecream flavours to date, including the latest bestsellers such as Gold Digger (salted caramel ice cream swirled with chocolate ganache and organic honey comb), Mango Sticky Rice (coconut ice cream swirled with mango sorbet, complemented with sticky rice and roasted mung beans) and Onde-onde (a petit gateau made from pandan kaya and coconut ice cream, ginger sorbet and infused with caramelized gula melaka).

Crème De La Crème is located at 35G, Ground Floor, Jalan SS21/60 Damansara Utama, and is open for business daily: Sunday – Thursday: 12pm – 11pm Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 12am

Many studies have shown that collagen is extremely important in health care, especially the ability to prevent the ageing of the body. Collagen enhances metabolism, connecting tissues, improves the elasticity of skin, reduces wrinkles, and increases smoothness and firmness of the skin. It also restores damaged skin caused by acne and helps to improves blemishes, freckles, scars and brightness of skin.

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ONITSUKA TIGER COLLABORATION WITH KYE DESIGNER FOR IT’S BRAND’S 70TH ANNIVERSARY Onitsuka Tiger celebrated its 70th anniversary and announced a special collaboration with seven designers, popular in Japan and abroad. The fifth stage, to be launched on October 21, is a collaboration with Kathleen Hanhee Kye, the creative director of KYE, a brand highly rated by celebrities all over the world. For the shoes, Kay updates the “GSM™” which is inspired by vintage tennis shoes and named after the abbreviation of ”Game, Set, Match”. The style is characterized by its use of bold black and white color blocking representing night and day, a fastener at the instep areas to match the apparel, and contrasting white stitching. On the apparel, a motif inspired by a shining star in the night sky in white is emblazoned over a black base. The white and red lines on the side give a sporty impression. For the track top, a KYE original charm is combined with a pull tab with an engraved Onitsuka Tiger logo on the fastener. On the wide- silhouette track pants, a large, impactful star motif is arranged on the back. New images and videos created especially for this collaboration will be shown on the special website listed below, and also on social media. They are also scheduled to be featured in Onitsuka Tiger KLCC and Midvalley stores from October 21.

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NIKON Nikkor Z 50mm F/1.8 S

The NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S features the iconic 50mm focal length, re-imagined for the Z system. It is a bright, sharp, fast-focusing standard prime lens for Z mirrorless cameras, and a serious value for the price.

Performance This lens does not fail our expectations with its capabilities of capturing plenty of details and classleading autofocus performance. If you’ve heard about the ground breaking performances of Z lenses, in how accurate and precise their autofocusing is, it remains true here. The focusing is fast in decent light. Obviously, the autofocus performance of the lens is directly related to the Z Mount camera body upon which the lens is mounted. During our review, we mounted the lens with the Z6. The 50mm almost always acquired focus during our testing. We are able to get sharp images of the cat with its eye in perfect focus and capture fine details of its fur. Central sharpness is impressive. There won’t be any big issue as long as the subject is relatively stationary.

SPECIFICATIONS The Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S is one of three lenses launched alongside the Nikon Z6 and Z7. It is constructed from 12 elements in 9 groups, including 2 ED elements and 2 aspherical along with elements that have Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coating. Completing the list of important specifications are the 50mm f/1.8 S’s weather sealing and 9 rounded aperture blades, for potentially higher quality bokeh. Nikon also claimed that the Z 50mm S would offer superb resolving power and low aberrations, impressive enough to challenge assumptions about what lenses of this type should be capable of. The lens is suitable for portraiture, landscapes, street, and many other genres of photography.

Focal length: 50mm Maximum aperture: f/1.8 Minimum aperture: f/16 Lens construction: 12 elements in 9 groups Minimum focus distance: 0.4m/1.32ft Maximum reproduction ratio: 0.15x Diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm opening) Filter-attachment size: 62mm Focus limit switches: No Dimensions: Approx. 76mm maximum diameter x 86.5mm Weather seals: Yes Weight: Approx. 415g/14.7 oz Website: www.nikon.com. PRICE RM 2,898

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Image Quality

Ergonomics and Handling

We found the image quality to be very good in our tests. It is sharp with very pleasing bokeh, which doesn’t really have a flaw that jumps out at you. Thanks to the lens design that features 12 elements in 9 groups with 9 aperture blades, the bokeh produced by the lens will likely be favoured by most photographers and it does a good job separating your subject from the background. The transition areas appear quite good in images when the subject is isolated from the background. The colour rendition is fairly accurate in most situations. Variance in tone and colour are solely due to changes in natural light in the shooting venue. The lens also keeps chromatic aberration, distortion and flare under control. We tried to shoot against a very bright source of light, and it proved that the lens is really very resistant to flare with very minimal ghosting and flare issues. Some vignetting is observed when shooting with the aperture wide open. However, you can eliminate this by using the Z6’s vignetting Control in its Normal settings for Jpegs.

Constructed from a combination of metal and plastic, the lens is characterized mostly by the massive ring on its body that double up as an ergonomic grip. The majority of the lens barrel is dominated by the large Customizable Control Ring that is configured for manual focusing by default. The Autofocus/Manual Focus toggle switch along with the NIKKOR S badge is located along the left side of the lens. The rear focus design with minimal moving parts contributes to the lens’s successful handling in difficult conditions. The focusing ring itself is smooth and quiet. The lens is fairly small and light to handle. It is weather sealed at the mount, along with a dust- and moisture-resistant lens barrel as well.

VERDICT Throughout our time with the lens, it performed consistently and without incident. Details look super-sharp and you don’t have to worry about distortion, chromatic aberration or flare. The large maximum aperture helps a lot in autofocusing as it gets most subjects sharply focused very quickly. The lens also has weather sealing to match the camera and it feels well balanced with the large grip on the camera, though it seems quite a large lens for its focal length at first sight.

This article is in collaboration with Digital Imaging publication. Written and edited by Key Wong

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MIO MIVUE 7 SERIES DASH CAMERA WIFI-embedded GPS dash cam not only captures crystal clear video quality but also feature real-time video backup capabilities. The WIFI-enabled devices automatically back up event videos by uploading them to the mobile phone via the MiVue app, allowing users quick and easy access to all videos. With one simple click, a video file download will start from where it left off if interrupted. Price: From RM499 to RM799 Website: www.mio.com

POCKY CENDOL FLAVOR Originated from Japan, the irresistible snack has elevated the lives of Malaysians through its diverse portfolio of flavours that can be enjoyed with friends, family, and co-workers- anyone, anytime, anywhere. The exclusive Cendol flavour comes in as a token of appreciation towards Malaysians for their support and loyalty throughout the years. All Pocky products manufactured in Thailand are Halal certified. Price: RM 30 (10 packs) Website: www.pocky.com

EPSON EF-100 LASER HOME PROJECTORS Movie enthusiasts can now bring the cinema experience to the comfort of their homes with the launch of the world’s smallest 3LCD laser projector. With a projection of up to 150 inches in size 2 , the innovative new projectors combine large screen viewing with flexibility and usability and are set to be a game-changer in home projection. Designed for style-conscious users, they blend seamlessly into the home environment aesthetics and complement the lifestyle of the user. The projectors are compact and lightweight, measuring at just 23cm along its longest edge and weighing at 2.7kg. Price: RM 3,999 Website: news.epson.com.my

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MR.DIY PREMIUM STAINLESS-STEEL NON-STICK COATING FRY PAN Available in 2 colours, this non-stick coating interior has a durable and easy cleaning experience for you. It even has an ergonomic handle and handle hole for easy hanging too. It’s a good quality product with greater value for money. Material is stainless steel. Price: RM 23.90 Website: mrdiy.com.my

THE SUBLIME SKIN HORMON-AGING Following [ comfort zone ]’s Science-based Conscious Formulas™ approach, the new Sublime Skin Hormon-aging™ products guarantee an optimal “skin support” which replenishes and re-densify the skin without containing animal derivatives, colorant and silicone. The products are 97.8% of natural-origin ingredients. The line is specifically created for perimenopausal and menopausal women (when menstruation ceases). Price: RM588 Website: www.comfortzone.it

SHOKUBUTSU MOCHI HADA FACE & BODY SHOWER The all new Shokobutsu Mochi Hada Face & Body Shower Series makes it easier than ever before to effectively cleanse and moisturise the skin on both their face and body in just one simple step while in the shower. With this new product, therefore, comes a refreshing new challenge to everyone to love the skin on their entire body, as they do their face, resulting in ‘mochi soft’ skin all over, shower after shower. This product has been dermatologically tested; having passed skin stinging tests and found to be non-comedogenic, yet very effective while being gentle on your face and your body. Price: From RM 19.00 Website: www.watsons.com

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KFC’S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN It’s meat on meat on meat madness from KFC is back! What’s interesting about this is that this KFC delight was on the menu for about two years and now they decided to launch it back again. The bun-less burger is made up of 2 juicy yet crunchy Zinger fillets, a slice of cheese, and ham. There’s also the signature cheese sauce that us foodies simply can’t get enough of! Price: RM 12.90 Website: dinein.kfc.com.my

OHOYO UNIVERSAL CAR STAND PHONE HOLDER Easy installation. Suitable for most of the smartphone as it has a stretchable width. Adjustable angle. Adjust the angle of the holder depends on the user. Perfect as a handsfree call and GPS direction. Slip resistant design. Anti-slip mat is also provided as the base of the holder. Holds firmly. Price: RM 10.35 Website: mrdiy.com.my

PUMA CELL ANDURA X ONE PIECE Channeling various ONE PIECE motifs, the sock-style upper carries the pattern of “The Gum-Gum Fruit” and the brown midsole, the breathable mesh sidewalls, black and red leather overlay as well as the brown lacing imitate the deck, sails and ropes of the Thousand Sunny. A green insole with ONE PIECE and PUMA co-branding reproduces the grass on the deck of the ship. As a finishing touch, a golden anchor attached to the heel completes the theme. Price: RM 679 Website: my.puma.com

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IT HORROR CLOWN FACE MASK

Spook the people away by this truly gruesome of a face mask for halloween! The face mask materials is latex that feature with the scary hairy hair that the IT Clown portrays. Just come prepared with a red balloon and prepare to float the night away. Price: RM59.10 Website: www.lazada.com.my

FAKE BLOOD This vibrant fake blood will have all eyes on you, regardless of whether it’s yours or your victims. Ideal for using with your halloween costumes, or plain old fashion dress. Gentle enough to be used on your skin for long periods of time, so that you can party without any concerns. Totally suitable for skin and clothes. Price: RM 8.90 Website: shopee.com.my

10-LED PAPER PUMPKIN HANGING LANTERN Used mainly for pumpkin hanging lantern halloween decoration, this will show an ambience of mysterious and spookyness. It has a super bright, and low power consumption. Has appearance color of yellow. Price: RM 13.99 Website: lazada.com.my

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